5 Ways You’re Making Your Job Hunt Harder Than It Has To Be

The job-hunting period in a person’s life is often described as precarious by a lot of people — and for good reason. There are so many unexpected things that arise and, at times, it just feels like a vicious cycle of trial and error.

Given the natural conditions of the situation, the tendency of some is to make the process even more difficult than it needs to be.

If you have been searching for a job longer than you had ever expected, perhaps this is your problem. You may be sabotaging your chances or behaving in ways that do not help you at all.

If you are not aware of what you could be doing wrong in your job hunt, rounded up below are five ways you could be making your job hunt harder than it has to be:

1. You Do Not Highlight Your Achievements.

If you are an achiever, make sure that potential employers know this right away.

If you were once a winner of a competition that made use of the skills that are important in the industry you’re trying to join, highlight it in your CV. Take pride as well in graduating at the top of your class.

You are not bragging at all when you do this. You are simply establishing your value by proving how hard you have worked to be the best.

2. You Add Too Many Irrelevant Details In Your Resume.

The trend with resumes and curriculum vitae is to keep them simple and clean (yes, even in the lengthier CV).

According to the Business Insider, these are the things that you should no longer bother putting on your resume:

• Statement of objective/s
• Work experiences that are not relevant to the position you are applying for
• Personal details such as your marital status and religion
• Hobbies or interests
• References (you should furnish these upon request)
• Earliest working experiences (limit these to jobs that you had in the last 15 years)

Keeping these useless details out of your CV can actually improve the impression you make as well as your chances of getting hired.

3. You Do Not Bother To Edit Or Have Your CV Edited.

This is one of the easiest things to do to polish your CV or resume, but you still fail to do it.

Polishing your work is just a matter of finding a few people to read your resume (or CV) and spot grammatical, spelling, and formatting errors.

Remember, if you want to make a good impression on your employer, the first way to do that is by submitting a flawless document about yourself.

Some employers who catch sight of a spelling booboo would immediately throw the “errant” CV into a rubbish bin, and you never want your CV to be the one that gets thrown out.

4. You Do Not Use An Online Job Hiring Site Or Recruitment Agency.

If you are still inclined to take the traditional route in applying for a job, then you truly are making things more complicated for yourself.

Using an online job hiring site is like going to a job fair and presenting your CV, without the hassle of actually going to the fair and getting dressed.

Basically, you just need to upload your CV and send it to the companies that you are interested in, and then wait for them to respond. Hiring companies use these sites, too, and they are quick to pick up new applicants through these sites.

By using available digital platforms, you automatically expand your reach. It is a great way to complement the traditional job hunting process.

5. You Do Not Study Ways To Improve The Process.

It is imperative to think of the job hunt period as an opportunity to also improve yourself.

Learn about the different ways for you to nail an interview. Find out what clothes best exude professionalism and efficiency for office wear. Likewise, if you have always considered yourself a bashful person, study how you can be more confident when communicating with people.

If you do not seek to work on the things that make you fall short of potential employers’ expectations, you limit your employment opportunities, too.

The main principle to uphold if you want to simplify your job hunt is to present the best version of yourself at all times.

Employers are on the lookout for the perfect “fit.” Do not give them any reason to think otherwise about you.

  About

A recruitment professional with over twenty years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, David is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones.

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